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Area Agency on Aging selects Thomas Kranz as 2019 Outstanding Senior Citizen for Richland County


  Posted on August 23, 2019

Ontario OH – The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging Inc. is proud to announce Thomas Kranz has been selected as the 2019 Outstanding Senior Citizen for Richland County. He and eight other recipients were honored on Thursday, Aug. 22 at a ceremony hosted at Hawkins Corner.

Kranz was nominated by Mt. Hope Lutheran Church. In his nomination it was shared that Tom has been a lifelong resident of Shiloh, OH, graduating from Shiloh High School, class of 1956. Tom began his farming career even before graduation, as he began farming with his father, Paul. Tom continued his farming career while also adding in service to his church, community, township and county. That service continues today 63 years after his graduation as you will see in the information below.

Tom was always quick to lend a hand to someone in need, or an organization that needed help, either through service, support or scholarship.

Tom has been active in the community, serving on various boards including Church Council, Richland County Soil & Conservation Board, Farm Bureau, Shiloh Community Grange and the ASCS Board.

“His volunteer service to countless organizations over the years, especially during the past 20+ years as a senior, are a witness to his commitment to his church and community,” Mt. Hope Lutheran Church.

Mayor Tim Redden, Commissioner Tony Vero, Mayor Eugene Parkison, Commissioner Darrell Banks, Mayor Randy Hutchinson, Mayor Tim Theaker, Commissioner Marilyn John, and Mayor Teri Brenkus joined Mr. Kranz to recognize him as the Richland County honoree for his achievements and contributions.


Each year the Area Agency on Aging honors senior citizens who are making a difference in their communities and present a positive image of aging.

There is one award recipient for each county in the Agency’s service area (Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Seneca, and Wyandot.)

Awardees must first be nominated by an individual or organization involved with seniors. They are then selected by the Agency based on the impact of their contributions and accomplishments within the community made after reaching age 60.

The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc., located at 2131 Park Avenue West in Ontario, provides leadership, collaboration, coordination and services to older adults, people with disabilities, their caregivers & resource networks that support individual choice, independence and dignity.